These courses are aimed at novice and experienced donkey owners and they include theory and practical sessions. These courses are open to people interested in owning donkeys and want to find out more.

Training courses

Courses run during the week from 10.00am until 4.00pm (unless otherwise specified) and include theory and practical sessions. A certificate of attendance will be presented on completion of the day.

Three miles down the road from our main sanctuary on one of our outlying farms, we have a specialised training facility that opened in 1993. The Training Centre has a large and well-equipped lecture room, with seating for up to 25 people. There are a variety of courses available on a regular basis at the Training Centre as well as at the following locations (please note that Stages 4, 5 and 6 are currently only delivered from our Sidmouth and Buxton venues):

  • Buckinghamshire - Princes Risborough
  • Carmarthenshire - Llandeilo
  • Devon - Sidmouth
  • Derbyshire - Buxton
  • East Sussex - Ringmer
  • Essex - Colne Engaine, Colchester
  • Scotland - Aberdeenshire and South Lanarkshire
  • Usk, Monmouthshire
  • West Sussex - Haywards Heath

We also run occasional courses at our donkey-assisted therapy centres in:

  • Birmingham
  • Leeds
  • Manchester

To find out about courses running in your area, please visit our events page and select the location closest to you.

How much does it cost to attend a course?

This course is free of charge; we do however gratefully accept donations that help support our work. You can leave a donation with your trainer on the day of the course or alternatively make a donation by other methods.

Specialised training courses

If your organisation has interaction with donkeys or mules then we are very happy to discuss the possibility of tailor making a course to meet your needs. Please contact us for more information.


For health and safety reasons training courses are not suitable for young children to attend.   Attendees under 16 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Further information

When you book on a course we will send you directions, health and safety information, and information on the day.

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